Sir Hubert Wilkins was bought to life through the eyes of Laura Kissel, Senior Curator of the world’s premier Wilkins archive.

This event was co-hosted by the Environment Institute and the Wilkins Foundation. The foundation aims to inform South Australian’s about the adventurous life of Sir Hubert Wilkins and his scientific, geographic explorations and cinematic contributions.

Laura gave an account of her role as an archivist and senior curator at the Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Centre, where most of Wilkins records and paraphernalia are kept. She discussed her ability to navigate through the collection and help find relevant information if a person was to research an area of Wilkin’s life.

Some of the collection is available for viewing online. Laura is also able to scan certain parts on demand and send via email, worlwide. Visitors are welcome to the centre where they are able to view specific parts of the collection, which are stored in a massive warehouse onsite. It is amazing that these items are available to the public.

Image: Laura Kissel

The evening also welcomed Simon Nasht, author of The Last Explorer, the first modern biography of Wilkins published in 2005. Simon is one of Australia’s most experienced documentary filmmakers, working alongside Dick Smith. He talked about his research into Wilkins endeavours and the multiple near-death adventures that followed!

Image: Laura Kissel and Simon Nasht

The evening concluded with a delightful interlude by Australian violinist, renown in Thailand – Jonathan Glonek.

Image: Jonathon Glonek

Image: Full house at the Braggs Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide

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Released in Nature magazine, new paper explores the evolutionary history of plants through DNA analysis. Researchers at the University of Adelaide have been a part of this exciting task. There are three genomes to analyse in plants, within their: nucleus mitochondria (the battery-like power centres of the cell) chloroplasts (the solar cell like structures that […]

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The Adelaide Exposure Science and Health offer a range of research, field-based consulting, laboratory, and education and training services to industry, government and the community. Based at the specialised facility in Thebarton, Adelaide Exposure Science and Health operate within the University of Adelaide’s School of Public Health and are staffed by experienced occupational hygienists, consultants and research […]

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We welcome Dr Sharyn Gaskin from Adelaide Exposure Science and Health for a guest blog post. Members of the Environment Institute contributed to the Australian and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting held in Adelaide 27-30 October 2019. Dr Sharyn Gaskin, Senior Research Fellow in Occupational and Environmental Health, Adelaide Exposure Science […]

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Visiting from James Cook University, Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies Prof. Josh Cinner is an expert reef biodiversity conservation. He focuses on socioeconomic factors which can influence the way people use, perceive and govern coral reefs and will be visiting the University of Adelaide to deliver a public seminar titled: Locating and learning from bright […]

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We’re calling on SA students to find climate change solutions. In partnership with The Advertiser, the Environment Institute has launched PlanetFix, an exciting competition for high school students in years 8-12. Entry Dates: Saturday 19th October 2019 – Monday 17th November 2019 Entry form: Student entry form Required: In 50 words or less, what is your best […]

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Dr Emma Sherratt

We are delighted to announce Dr Emma Sherratt has been awarded the prestigious ARC Future Fellowship. An Environment Institute member and mid-career researcher, Dr Sherratt will receive up to $100,000 of non-salary funding over four years, which may be used for personnel, equipment, travel and field research costs directly related to the Future Fellow’s research. The […]

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If you’ve questioned meat-eating habits before, you’re not alone. Researchers from the University of Adelaide (et al) have been studying the apparent disconnection between not wanting animals to suffer, yet killing them for food. This has been termed the ‘meat paradox’. Meat eating is a common behaviour, despite many people claiming to like, love, and […]

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Congratulations to new Environment Institute member, Professor Veronica Soebarto (School of Architecture and Built Environment) who has been awarded the title of Fellow by the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) for her distinction in and substantial contribution to the field of building performance simulation. Veronica is the leader of the Sustainability research stream at […]

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The Environment Institute is proudly sponsoring the upcoming 2019 South Australian Coastal Conference. This two day event will consist of a number of experts speaking about our coasts. When: Thursday 7th and Friday 8th of November 2019 Where: University of Adelaide Bookings: 2019 South Australian Coastal Conference This year the SA Coastal conference will have a number […]

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